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botanical name:
Rhododendron keysii
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family:  Ericaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 6.00m
width: 4.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: red
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
Somewhat variable evergreen, usually a loosely branched, medium to large shrub but sometimes found with a much dwarfer habit. Trusses of slightly pendent, narrowly tubular, deep red to salmon pink flowers often with orange or yellow lobes giving a bicoloured effect. Leathery, scaly, dark green leaves up to about 15cm long. Unusual and very attractive when in flower in late spring.

Moist, well drained humus rich acid soil

From seed, but germination can be erratic.

other notes:
Cinnabarina group Rhododendron. From Southeastern Tibet, Bhutan and Assam.

Uncommon in cultivation.
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